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Acting Happy (A Texas Desires Novel) by [Roberts, Rylie]
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Acting Happy, the much anticipated sequel to the #1 international bestselling novel, Chasing Happy, is now available.

Ty Bateman isn’t as bad as the tabloids say, but being virtually imprisoned behind the windowless walls of his home to avoid the clicking cameras of a life of extreme celebrity will turn anyone jaded and distrustful. Needing a break from his tainted reality, he decides his secluded mountain cabin is the perfect place for an extended vacation from the madness. Rejuvenating his soul and making decisions about his future are his top priorities until he spots a blonde beauty in short-shorts carrying groceries out of the only store in town.

Kenzie Stanton learned the hard way that rainbows and fairy tales don’t exist. She swears if she ever gets back on her feet, and out of the hot water her ex landed her in, she’ll embrace a new life that’s relationship-free. When a tall, handsome man with sexy eyes and a smoking-hot body shows up in her family’s store, she has no trouble ignoring him…until his kindness and genuine nature truly test her resolve.

Kenzie and Ty are both hiding out in the mountains…for very different reason. But reality will only wait so long before it knocks on their doors. Even if Ty can break through Kenzie’s barriers, he’s not entirely sure his hurt beauty can withstand the mental brutality of being in the celebrity spotlight. For these two damaged souls, does the possibility of failure weigh to heavily to seek more from life than acting happy?

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  • Publisher: Rylie Roberts, LLC (March 22 2016)
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  • Language: English
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*Acting Happy (Texas Desire #2) by Rylie Roberts is a fun, sweet, heart catching read. Acting Happy can be read as a standalone, but is more involving if you have read Book 1 in this series.
We met the 5 best friends from West Texas in Book 1-Chasing Happy, Reed and Lara’s story. The 5 are spread across the world. Their jobs are- “Reed over there, he owns the world (CEO of a multi-faceted Company). Braden’s an attorney in Dallas. Connor’s military and Cole…He’s in the family business. They’re farmers. Like those massive sprawling farms…”
Ty Bateman, the movie star to end all move stars, and McKenzie Stanton, hospital social worker, are who’s story we now move on to in order to discover why they are “Acting Happy”.
Yes, they both have something to hide. Kenzie came home to the Smoky Mountains where she was raised to feel safe and Ty came to the place he had found to recharge and get back in touch with the real Him.
Ty is so struck by Kenzie the first time he sees her. But Reed points out to Ty, “She’s a beautiful, smart woman living alone with her parents in the mountains with a public servant degree that she’s not using. Something’s not right.”
Ty just wonders--“So because of his career, he couldn’t have a date or two with a normal, everyday kind of woman? He was stuck with women who were more ambitious than even he was when he first started in this business?”
Acting Happy shows us what Ty will do to keep Kenzie once He knows-- “He not only loved her, he instinctively knew she was his one and only. The one great love of his life. No one would ever fill this woman’s shoes. He could now begin his existence because he’d finally found her.”
Rylie Roberts’s book 2 in her Texas Desire series is great to read.
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HASH(0xa7feb990) out of 5 stars A sweet and Sexy romance! March 26 2016
By chrissycf - Published on
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Fun, flirty, sweet, and an exciting read! Acting Happy is a stand alone in the Texas Desires series by Rylie Roberts that had me hooked from beginning to end!

In Acting Happy we meet Ty Bateman and Kenzie Stanton. On paper these two would never work, Ty's a huge movie star and Kenzie is a small town girl with a secret. So when the two of them meet, and the sparks fly, I knew I was going to be on one heck of a ride with these two.

Ty's sick and tired of the business, and excited for a few weeks of vacation in the mountains in Tennessee. When his best friends Reed, Bray, Connor, and Cole show up for their yearly vacation together, and they make a beer run, Ty's life is changed forever when he meets Kenzie.

Kenzie is back home, a place she thought she'd never be again, helping her parents run their store, and hoping against hope that her past doesn't come back to haunt her. The last thing she needs is the attraction she has to Ty or him pursuing her, but that doesn't stop it from happening.

Almost from the beginning of this book when we met Kenzie, we knew she was hiding something, but I didn't know the extent of it till Ty found out as well. I wasn't expecting everything she was hiding, so it was a shock to me as the reader as much as it was to Ty. My heart broke for her and it definitely helped explain why Kenzie acted the way she did. She's been through so much during her life already. The way Ty handled the news wasn't shocking to me, because by the time Kenzie opened up, we know how good of a guy Ty was and how he felt about her. Nothing she said could make him turn away, but what he did to help her, it made my heart so freaking happy, and I definitely fell in love with him right then and there!

Things are not easy for Ty and Kenzie throughout this entire story. What they feel for each other is solid, even if it takes a while for Kenzie to finally say it, and then there's dealing with her past, and Ty's fans. Every time I thought things were finally going to go in a good way for these two, something else comes up and I kept thinking "this will be the time that breaks them". My heart went out to both of these characters while reading this book. The things they have to deal with, and everything they go through, all while trying to make a new relationship work, is something that could break even the strongest of couples.

Acting Happy is a beautifully written love story that played out like a movie while I was reading it. I loved the cameo's we got of Reed and Lara and Kade from Chasing Happy. Seeing how they were doing was awesome, because I adored their story as well! Ty and Kenzie though? They definitely out rank Lara and Reed in my opinion. There is just something special about their story that made me fall in love with both of them so much!

The ending and the epilogue of this book was perfect, and I truly hope we get to see Connor, Cole, Bray, and maybe Julia's stories in the future as I believe each of them would make an amazing book! If you're looking for a sweet and sexy romance with tons of twists and turns, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Acting Happy by Rylie Roberts today!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8037678) out of 5 stars Great addition to the series! March 22 2016
By Sandra Shipman - Published on
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4.5 Stars

Acting Happy is the second book in the Texas Desires Series. It's also only the second book Rylie has written, and that surprises me. I can't wait for more! The first book follows Reed's story and now it's time for one of his best friends' Ty's. I love Reed but Ty is a total different type of man that I fell for instantly...

Ty Bateman is one of the biggest actors in the world. He has been working a crazy schedule over the last twelve years in the business. He wants to slow down, and the perfect start to his plan is the annual weekend trip with his four best friends. This year the destination is in the mountains. In the new home he bought to get away from the tabloids, work, and everything that comes along with it. He has four weeks to relax and figure out what he wants next. What he didn't expect on this trip was to find the woman that he would want to spend the rest of his life with...

After ten years of being away from home, Kenzie is back working for her parents at the only store in town. Since she left it seems she made one bad decision after another. She is suppose to be a social worker but now is a clerk. Instead of helping children she is stocking selves. Because of one extremely bad decision, she decided to swear off men. Forever. But that was before she saw him. She had no idea who he was except that he was sexy, charming, and was the new owner of a beautiful home in her mountain town. She was shocked to find out later that night that he was Ty Bateman. The Ty Bateman. And he wanted her. But why?

Ty has never been in a relationship. He never wanted someone to be his. His mother warned him that when he sees her, he will fall hard and fast. She was right. He never had to work so hard to get a date. But he knew she would be worth it. He could tell she had her walls built. He doesn't want to push but he did want to help. The more time they spent together, the more he was falling. She was it for him but she was holding back. He knew she had her insecurities because of who he is. She didn't think she could ever be good enough to be in his world. But he could tell there was more. What was she hiding? And would her secret break them or bring them closer together?

Kenzie knew Ty didn't want to be recognized while in the mountains but she had no idea how much that meant to him until he was home in LA. It's a lonely existence being him. He might be out on the town for the parties but he couldn't go anywhere without being seen and cameras in his face. That made his home, his safe haven. And when that safe haven is no longer safe, he just might break. Her Ty could be gone. Will Ty and Kenzie figure out a way to make their two worlds combine or will they break all together?

I love Ty! He is funny, sexy, charming, and so damn lovable. And Kenzie is a strong, beautiful, smart, and caring individual. Together, they are perfection. They have many obstacles to jump for a couple that just met but love is worth the fight. I will say I saw the length of the book and was worried it would take me a longer amount of time to finish but then I was hooked. I finished in two days. I can't wait for the third book! This group of friends are amazing.

Overall...its a sexy, sweet, and funny ride with some twists.


“You’re good to me.”
“You make it easy,” he yelled back.

“That’s the difference between you and every other person in my life. Nobody else cares if I’m happy.”

Ty Bateman held the power to destroy her.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e4f39c) out of 5 stars Roberts does a fantastic job of writing every girl’s fantasy and delivering it with a lighthearted humor that I found endearing March 22 2016
By goodem - Published on
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Do you love a heart happy read? Something that is fun, flirty, and just makes you giggle like a schoolgirl with her first crush? If you answered yes, then you absolutely must read Rylie Roberts’ newest release Acting Happy, Book T8wo in her Texas Desires Series. Now, I know what you are thinking… Ugh it’s book two! You can absolutely read this one as a standalone, however you’d be missing out on a tale of five childhood best friends all from West Texas. Although they are stretched apart from one end of the globe to another and their jobs may range from a farmer to a movie star, they are still deep rooted in love and friendship and are all missing that special woman in their lives.
In Acting Happy, you get to meet the famous Ty Bateman, a movie and television star who is burned out from being in the spotlight. Leaving the big city of LA and hiding away in the mountains of TN, Ty gets the chance to just be himself. Little did he know, he’d meet the woman of his dreams behind a local grocery store register. Kenzie is a broken woman who has recently returned home after seeing the real world and losing her naitivity. When Ty Bateman focuses his attention on her instead of lapping it up, Kenzie resists what is too good to be true until temptation takes over. Can these two find common ground?
Roberts does a fantastic job of writing every girl’s fantasy and delivering it with a lighthearted humor that I found endearing. As I read, she had me smiling and hoping for a happily ever after- which is exactly what we all want from a romance, right. As much as I loved her first book Chasing Happy, I loved this one twice as much. Which, in the end, proves to me that Roberts is only perfecting her craft.
If you want to check out an Indie author with lots of potential for storytelling greatness, check out Robert’s Texas Desires series and become a part of her journey by falling in love her her boys of Texas just as I have.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e4f09c) out of 5 stars This is the second book in this amazing series. This time it is Ty & Kenzie April 4 2016
By Jens Taking A Break - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second book in this amazing series. This time it is Ty & Kenzie, and while I didn't read the first book, I think it would have helped know more about the others in the series as well.

This was full of fun and laughs, but still a sweet love story. However, it isn't all rainbows and sunshine. Like real life, there are ugly parts that cause problems and could possibly make the good parts end if you let it. What happens when one is rich and famous and the other is the person next door?? Will they make it through everything or will they end apart?

I loved this story, and was hooked and pulled in, just like in my favorite movies, shows, and books. I can't wait for what happens next in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e4f750) out of 5 stars My Thoughts on Acting Happy March 23 2016
By Shy G. - Published on
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This was book 2 in the Texas Desires series. It was the story of Kenzie Stanton and Ty Bateman and I loved it.

Ty and Kenzie meet when Ty comes to her quite mountain town for a little R&R away from the spotlight that is his life. Ty is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and it's taking its toll on him mentally. When he sees Kenzie its love at 1st sight for him and he finds himself breaking all of his own rules and typical behaviors just to be around her. But Kenzie has a lot of hurt and heartbreak in her past causing her to doubt her own head, heart and Ty himself. This story takes them from their mountain hideaway to the paparazzi filled streets of LA where they have to try to overcome not only emotional and past baggage, but also that of the very fierce and brutal world of the rich and famous.

Ty and Kenzie are an amazing couple of characters. While Ty might have been a cynical and hardened actor, when it came to Kenzie he was sweet, considerate, attentive and pretty much everything you could want in a hero of the story. He was constantly thinking of her and ways that he could make her happy or protect her. I loved him. Kenzie had some really horrible things happen to her in her past. And those things make her hesitant of allowing anything to develop between her and Ty. She tries fighting it and running from it, but Ty is there at every turn. I really liked that while she was very hurt by her past and it certainly had left its mark on her I don't feel like the author let it turn her into a "woe is me" character. She didn't want pity, and I don't think that she put Ty through any unnecessary hardship due to her past. She was justifiably cautious and it made perfect sense that she was not ready to just jump into something with someone, especially such a high profile someone as Ty.

I was very happy that even though this book was the second in the series, I didn't feel like I missed a whole lot by not having read the 1st book. I do, however feel interested in seeing Reed and Lara's story from Chasing Happy and have every intention of buying it just so I can check out their beginnings as they do appear in this one and their road to being together is mentioned in this book but not gone into in great detail. I recommend this book, and hope to read a book for the rest of this group of friends.